Wednesday, March 28, 2012

NEIGHBORHOOD NEWS: Developers offer 4 proposals on Greenway site

Four developers submitted bids Friday to develop a state-owned parcel along the Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy Greenway in Boston, with one proposing a museum focused on the city’s history and three others pitching mixed-use buildings with residences, retail shops, and a hotel.

The submissions kick off the Massachusetts Department of Transportation’s second effort to find the right development plan for parcel 9, a triangular sliver of land along the Greenway near Faneuil Hall. The department rejected a previous round of bids for the property in 2009.

The property is located next to a planned public food market in a state-owned building at the corner of Hanover and Blackstone Streets. Each of the four proposals incorporates additional space for the food market in its plans for parcel 9.

Three of the 2009 bidders resurfaced to take a second shot at the property: Boston Museum wants to build a museum with a public food market on the ground floor; DeNormandie Companies is teaming up with Cresset Development on a plan for a food market, restaurants, apartments, and a rooftop garden; and Eamon O’Marah, now with the firm Jones Lang LaSalle, is partnering with Normandy Real Estate on a plan for a 180-room hotel, public winter garden, and a food market.

The fourth proposal was submitted by Upton + Partners of Dedham, which is proposing 120 apartments, retail stores, and additional space for the public food market. The
state will spend the next several months reviewing the bids and soliciting public input before making a final decision on a winning bidder.

Casey Ross Boston Globe March 23, 2012

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